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CAC of Howard County Newsletter, June 2015
"The power of our work is in our partnerships.  Through leveraging the time, talent and treasure of our volunteers and donors we are able to better meet the needs of our low-income families--giving them a chance improve their circumstances and develop their capacities so that they too can share in the wealth of our community," Bita Dayhoff, President-CAC.
Spotlight  on Community Partners

Thank you BGE for helping open the 2015 garden season! 


 Nielsen employees for the third year in a row spent their, "Global Impact Day" with CAC. Over 40 Nielsen employees were on site. Thank you for another year and a job well done! 


The Rotary of Columbia Patuxent at Old Cedar Lane teaching the kids how to grow a garden. They learned a lot about the importance of healthy eating as part of our Eat, Play, Grow curriculum.  Thanks Rotary! 

Hire Power Award Recipients

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Howard County Board to Promote Self Sufficiency recognized 5 Companies that promote workforce development, inclusive hiring, and community outreach.  Wegmans and Pure Technologies, both of Columbia, MD were awarded for  their volunteerism and their unwavering commitment to the clients served at the Howard County Food Bank.  THANK YOU Wegmans and Pure Technologies for all you do for CAC! 




 Volunteer Opportunities

 Client Shoppers Assistant 




Client Shopper's Assistant (CSA) plays a key role in assisting clients as they shop. They will help create a better experience for our clients while they move throughout the Food Bank. 


Must have strong customer service skills, be physically able to be on their feet for up to 2 hours, and have the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

  Please submit volunteer application to Dorcas Martinez at


"Helping People, Changing Lives"

For close to 50 years, the Community Action Council has served the Howard County community by helping people to help themselves.  Our aim is not to provide a hand-out, but rather a hand-up. Having strong partnerships with all levels of government, community partners, and dedicated volunteers, we, on a daily basis, meet the demanding needs of our clients and are committed to superior human service delivery for all that we serve.

Though the county enjoys and maintains a reputation of being one of the most affluent counties in the nation, for some, that wealth is currently beyond their reach. Our efforts help to eradicate those disparities, as we seek to advocate for the needs of low-income residents. Our goal is to decrease the number of families living in poverty.

We recognize that our employees are the most critical link to helping us achieve our visions. We are currently recruiting for a number of positions, and we encourage you to review these openings and refer qualified applicants to us for opportunities. All of these positions are located in Columbia. Please click HERE to see full listing.

Summer Enrichment Program 

Swimming at MarTar Swim School!


The 2015 Head Start Summer Enrichment Program opened with a splash when the first group of children visited the swim school in Elkridge for an hour of indoor-salt-water pool swimming on June 1st!  Every Monday a different group attended allowing all 188 enrolled children participated.


Under the direction of Tara Girch, the program, geared for swimmers and non-swimmers, introduced children to the fun of swimming and water safety.  Highly experienced ISIA certified swim instructors and a certified lifeguard were on duty at all times and Head Start staff was also instructed in swim safety rules.  An on-site staffed play-zone was available for those children who decided not to enter the pool.


The enthusiasm and joy the children expressed as they clutched noodles and floating barbells and were thus able to swim independently (many for the first time) was infectious!   Many parents attended and had their cameras at the ready to take pictures and videos.  Successful Summer Swimming!


Check out Mar Tar Swim School's Website!  

Save the Date! 
October 15, 2015 
Fifty years ago this October, the Community Action Council of Howard County opened its doors to provide resources to low-income households in Howard County. Join us on October 15, 2015 at Turf Valley as we celebrate our many successes. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Ashley Groves at
Glen Mar 5K
October 3, 2015

Calling all runners! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Glen Mar Church will once again be hosting their annual 5K in support of the Howard County Food Bank on October 3, 2015. Whether you are an experienced runner, training for your first 5K, or looking for a family walk this is great opportunity to get outdoors and support your neighbors in need. Please follow link below to register.